PUBLISHER: Hanover Square Press
PUBLICATION DATE: May 28th, 2019
HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!! This book is released today!
Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Amy Lloyd’s newest novel One More Lie. Thank you to Hanover Square Press, Harper Collins, for gifting the eARC copy of this book to read via NetGalley.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Charlotte wants to start fresh. She wants to forget her past, forget prison and, most of all, forget Sean. But old habits die hard. Despite the ankle monitor she must wear as part of her parole agreement and frequent visits to her therapist, she soon finds herself sliding back toward the type of behavior that sent her to prison in the first place. The further down that path she goes, however, the closer she gets to the crime that put her in prison all those years ago. And that’s the one memory she can’t face. Until, one day, Sean tracks her down.
As the story builds, Lloyd teases and hints with glimpses of Charlotte’s troubled past, culminating in a shocking conclusion that will leave readers chilled to the bone. For fans of Sometimes I Lie and Behind Her Eyes, Amy Lloyd flexes her muscles with a crime fiction novel of unyielding suspense, creeping paranoia, and dark temptation that peers into the horrors that lurk in the human mind.
Gripping, thrilling, and addictive. This book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as you read through the chapters and uncover more of the story and what truly happened that one dark, and fateful day. What happened all of those years ago for Sean and Charlotte to get into so much trouble as 10 year old’s that they would be tried in court as adults? Are young children truly capable of such a heinous crime or has there been some mistake?…. some accident?
I enjoyed reading between alternating timelines. Parts of the novel are written in the present and parts are written in the past. I enjoyed how this allowed us as readers to get glimpses into the past and get small bits of the truth a little bit at a time, which I found added to the whole suspense and climax of the novel. Everytime we got a piece of information from the past they in jumped to the present, I was left wanting to know more. As we gather more and more pieces of what truly happened we are slowly able to see the full picture. I also liked how parts of the novel were told from His (Sean’s) and Her (Charlotte’s) point of view.
It was clear that Sean was a troubled boy. He grew up in a single parent home, his father was hardly around to supervise and look over him so it was clear to see how he could easily get into so much trouble and be somewhat of a trouble maker. Sean and Charlotte quickly become good friends, doing everything together. The good and the bad.
In the present, Sean and Charlotte having spoken in years. Charlotte is given a new name, a new identity, to protect her from the public and prevent them from knowing who she truly is. As a part of her parole she has to wear an ankle monitoring device and see her counselor regularly. Charlotte and her counselor have a good and close relationship and Charlotte has been seeing her for years. Charlotte is having a difficult time adjusting to life on the outside of prison, as she was in jail since she was at the young tender age of 10. She has to cope with living on her own with room mates, holding down a job, getting to and from work, etc. Which is a lot for her to handle since this is all so very new to her.
Charlotte cannot remember what truly happened all those years ago that put her and Sean in prison. She knows part of what happened but the rest of the day is blocked from her mind. Was what happened that day so awful that she has blocked out the memory of what happened as a way to block the truth and protect herself? Will she ever regain the memories back and if so, how will she deal with the new memory?
A great book that I enjoyed reading and had me hooked to the very end.
MY RATING: 4/5 stars